One Poem by Jon Ruseski

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MINERAL WATER


Somewhere

In the rush

I am

Lifting my pail

At the sun

Though

It wasn’t so bad

The obvious 

Redundancies

Shopping

& having a life

Maybe 

There is

A genealogy of suffering

How

This morning

I read

Minimalism is the aesthetic code of gentrification 

Really I want to say

Make less art

This video artist I met

Agreed

It’s ok I once dumped an abstract painting

Joy had nothing to do with it

Not that I should be allowed 

To say much

I’ve been exploring my cusp lately

Even though

The stars are laughable 

This month

I am looking for something final

& drinking mostly

Mineral water

Call me

Aquarius

I don’t mind

In Goethe’s theory

Colors are made 

From light and shadow

Blue emerging from the darkness

Yellow

The dulling

Of the light

Green 

A kind of 

Harmonious union

I got vertigo

At the Guggenheim

Writing that

After

Looking at the paintings

For the future

Feeling

A palpable intuition

The railing

Below

My center 

Of gravity

I’m convinced

Someone has died there

Which 

I guess

There are a lot of things like that

In Poland

They just call Paul Stanley

“Sex”

Instead of Starchild

&

In the Fyre Fest documentary

Ja Rule’s epiphany

Edited over

The

Now historic 

Commercial

With

Ten partying supermodels

Who didn’t know why they were there

A vision

Of what people want

Though

Who can really say

The surface is deeper than anything

The Sopranos

Season 4

Ends with

Dean Martin

Blasted off the Stugotz

Into the face

Of the annoying lawyer

Season 5

Goes someplace else

Chris and Paulie

So vulnerable

A terribly-rendered CGI bear

Eats the expired corn

Where the money used to be

Like most of it

I’ve forgotten my place

These signifiers 

Out there

Drifting

As if that’s what song is

To be so kingly lost

The words don’t matter

That blank

Of being dumb

Before the name

Settles:

Sun Basket

Fenty

Hilma af Klint

Jon Ruseski is the author of the chapbooks Sporting Life and Neon Clouds. He co-edits b l u s h, an online poetry journal and publishing imprint.

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